To Those We Dedicate a Vacant Chair
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August 20, 1958 – Homestead, Florida
February 20, 2010 – Douglasville, GA
Mrs. Michelle Emsweller, age 51 of Douglasville, GA, passed away suddenly on Saturday, February 20, 2010. She was born August 20, 1958 in Homestead, FL, the daughter of the late Robert and Edna Collins Dickens. Michelle was a member of Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park, where she was a former Interpretive Ranger. She was a member of Union Grove Christian Church in Douglasville, and a personal nanny to her grandson Eli. She is survived by her husband, Dan Emsweller, daughters, Beth and Stephen Demkowski, Katie and Donald Wheeler, grandchildren, Eli Wheeler, Libby Demkowski, Clara Demkowski, brother, Richard Dickens, grandmother, Elizabeth Dickens, and aunt and uncle, Margie and Ukie Hallman.
Donations may be made in her memory to:
Friends of Sweetwater Creek State Park
Mount Vernon Rd
Lithia Springs, GA, 30122.
Always jovial and personable, he will be missed.
Every customer was like family.
Every potential customer was treated the same.
One of his trademarks was giving out free candles with every sale.
Rest in Peace.
August 30, 1954
February 12, 2009
About 2:40 PM on February 12, 2009, Tommy crossed over the river
to rest in the shade of the trees. He was a good hearted-man who would do anything he could for his friends.
With him I shared many campfires, campaigns, long marches, hot firefights, freezing temperatures, and broiling summers.
There are few who could match his fighting spirit on the field or his dedication to this hobby. He had no qualms about volunteering to carry the colors in either uniform, for he understood the honor it represented. It was in his blood and he was one who truly understood and “got it”.
Tommy always referred to us as his “pards”. To many that term is defined as a friend, someone to hang out with. To Tommy, it meant brothers and it came from his heart. And he was ours as well.
Though none of us have ever dodged real bullets, we have been bonded together as a Band of Brothers. I do not believe real war could make us much closer.
Lay down your rifle and hang up your brogans, my brother.
You have walked enough dusty roads and fought enough brier patches.
Rest in peace my friend – you will never be forgotten.
Tom was a wonderful husband and father, and lifelong friend to many. He was a US Marine and worked with Delta for just shy of 30 years. He was also very much interested in history and an avid outdoorsman.
His wife, Debbie, organized and ran the New Manchester living history event for years before she turned it over to us. During these years, Tom remained a pillar of support for Debbie, taking care of their dogs and Melissa when she was younger, enabling Debbie to give her all for the event. This is but one example of the dedication he gave to those he loved.
Much love to Debbie and Melissa.
The family would appreciate donations made to an animal welfare or veterans’ charity of your choice in Tom’s name.